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Are You Lacking Libido?

What is It?

The lack of libido is a term used to describe a person's lack of interest in sexual activity. Sometimes sexual desire can be impaired or reduced or it may not be present at all. The factors that contribute to a reduced libido can be both physical and psychological. The absence of libido can also be linked to infertility or impotence.

One of the most common reasons that people seek treatment is because their partner is dissatisfied in the relationship for some reason. The partner who is less interested in sex, seeks treatment because their partner is frustrated, angry or resentful. Ironically, a lack of libido can often conceal a desire for more non-sexual sharing and intimacy.

Psychological Factors that Can Affect Your Libido

The reduction in the libido in a person can occur due to psychological causes such as loss of privacy, intimacy, stress or depression. It may also derive from the presence of environmental stressors such as prolonged exposure to loud noise levels or to bright light exposure in a daily working environment.

Some of the Factors That Can Cause Stress Include:

  • Depression or manic behaviour
  • Chronic stress or fatigue
  • Childhood sexual abuse, assault, trauma or neglect
  • Body image issues
  • Adultery or attraction outside marriage
  • Lack of interest/attraction in partner
  • Sexual performance anxiety
  • Moral choices such as observed in celibate people

Physical Factors that Can Affect Your Libido

Increased levels of available testosterone in the bloodstream

Effects of certain prescription medications

Lifestyle factors contributing to the lack of sleep, malnourishment due to bad diet and excessive consumption of alcohol

Lack of sexual desire, often observed in asexual people

Female menstrual cycle. Many women experience heightened sexual desire in the several days immediately before ovulation

Lack of physical exercise

Medications Affecting Your Libido

A reduced libido is often iatrogenic (induced by a doctor's treatment or therapy) and can be caused by many medications including hormonal contraception, antidepressants and beta -blockers. In some cases, iatrogenic impotence or other sexual dysfunction can affect the sufferer throughout their life.

Testosterone is one of the hormones that control the libido in human beings. Research shows that hormonal contraception methods that rely on estrogen and progesterone together (commonly called the Pill), are causing low libido in females by elevating levels of the sex hormone binding globulin known as SHBG. The SHBG binds to sex hormones, including testosterone, rendering them unavailable.

Women with low testosterone levels left untreated, will experience loss of libido, which in turn can often cause relationship stress and loss of bone and muscle mass throughout their lives. Low testosterone may also be responsible for certain kinds of depression and low energy states.

Conversely, increased androgen steroids like testosterone, generally have a positive correlation with libido in both sexes.

What Causes Low Libido?

Acute or chronic medical or psychiatric conditions can all lower feelings of sexual desire. These can include depression, chronic alcohol or marijuana use and certain prescription drugs like antidepressants. It is often difficult to separate how much of the person's sexual interest is affected by biological and psychological factors, especially when there is chronic illness, chronic pain, fatigue or body image problems following surgery.

Personal factors such as stress or tiredness from work, too little or too much exercise, as well as feelings of dissatisfaction in a relationship are also strong causes of a lack of a general interest in sex.

How is Low Libido Treated?

Antidepressants can be helpful in treating a person who is depressed, however they can also drastically lower sexual feelings and interest. The easiest way to give one’s libido a boost is by taking the strongest recommended dosage of either Viagra, Levitra or Cialis for up to six weeks.

Millions of men around the world have found that the easiest solution to their libido problems is to purchase generic Viagra, Cialis or Levitra. For many, the cost of brand name ED medications would be cost prohibitive to use on a regular basis but with cheaper generic ED medications, taking Viagra, Cialis or Levitra regularly is not a financial concern.

About the Author

has over 20 years experience as a sexual health medical practitioner and has specific expertise in male sexual dysfunction.